Otto Feuer - An Austrian Jew on surviving Buchenwald, speaking in 1946 (80 mins)

In 1946, the Chicago psychology professor David P. Boder recorded dozens of testimonies with Holocaust survivors in Europe, probably the first such oral histories. On 22 August 1946, Boder conducted an interview with Otto Feuer in Paris. Feuer had been born in Vienna and grew up in Hamburg. He was arrested after the German invasion of Poland in September 1939, together with other Jews of Polish descent, and later taken to Sachsenhausen. Around September 1940, he was deported as an “invalid” prisoner to Dachau. The following year, he was moved to Buchenwald, where he was liberated in April 1945 – one of a very small number of Jews who survived the war years in camps on German soil. In his testimony, Feuer describes murders by individual SS men, prisoner attempts to resist, the relations between different prisoner groups, and his life in the early months after liberation.

Source: IIT Paul V. Galvin Library